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In a conservative small town, a young man's wish to coach high school basketball are tweaked by a school board decision that makes him the new coach of the girls' team.

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Clay Driscoll
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Jean Driscoll
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Ellis Brawley
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Hugh Moreland
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Myerson
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Ruth Selman
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Pat Thompson
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Sadie York (as Marta McGonagle)
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Mrs. Johnson
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Jim Stovall
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Girls? The thought of coaching them seems preposterous to Clay Driscoll (earnest newcomer Jeffrey Donovan), who travels to Middleton, Okla., in the 1960s prepared to coach the varsity boys' team. But that position is filled, so he's forced to coach the girls' team -- the Lady Cyclones. Faced with an under-performing crew of untrained players, the coach begins to treat the girls like boys. They run laps in a closed gym and practice shots and plays they've never tried before -- and eventually their "old-fashioned grit" leads them to a Cinderella season culminating with the state championships. Along their way, Driscoll and the girls overcome several obstacles, most of all, gaining a fan base. Meanwhile, big man in town Ellis Brawley (Bruce Dern) can't stand Driscoll and his newfangled idea of empowering female athletes. Of course, the Lady Cyclones are up to the task of proving Brawley wrong. Driven by their caring young coach, the girls determine to play as hard as the boys, even ... Written by Froshi

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Never let them tell you what you can't do.

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Rated PG for some mild thematic elements and language | See all certifications »
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$81,569 (USA) (9 March 2007)

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$208,565 (USA) (30 March 2007)
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Jim Keith retired in 1986 after 35 years as a coach and social studies teacher, but still coaches part time. See more »

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The western Oklahoma town, Weatherford, is misspelled as "Wetherford", on a marquee. See more »

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One of the better "based on a true story" sport movie
10 September 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a great family movie and a great movie for teachers to see. It especially hits home for teachers, who are of course, coaches, but also those classroom teachers who have the same relational interactions as coaches like choir teachers (me), band directors, and the like.

The casting was excellent. I did not feel that I was watching actors, but actual people. Bruce Dern did his role so well, you really despised him. (I didn't realize he was THAT old already. I guess I'M that old already!) The girls were believable, the coach was well acted, the wife was a natural pairing for him--all very good acting. I, like you, can't stand cheesy "docudramas." You will want to watch the "making of" special features. You will have a pleasant surprise about the winning shot in the movie.

I highly, highly, recommend this movie. I have been encouraging my colleagues and all my students to rent it.


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